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The Ethics Behind Art: Our Commitment to Freedom and Equality

Peaceful Skies for Children of the Earth | Ukraine | 1986

Comrade Kiev exists to shine light on the unfamiliar, and to share stories that illustrate the beauty of Soviet design. But sometimes shining a light on the unfamiliar means we must confront the unacceptable. 

In some countries we’ve visited, the authorities regularly crack down on the media, harass peaceful protesters, engage in smear campaigns against political rivals, and ban independent foreign organisations. 

Our commitment to freedom and equality is unwavering. For that reason, we’ve chosen to donate 2% of all revenue to Human Rights Watch, an independent, non-profit NGO that exists to give voice to the oppressed and hold those responsible accountable. 

We choose to donate a percentage of revenue instead of profit, quite simply because there isn’t much profit at the moment. We’re a small business, our focus is on growth, but our ethical duty cannot wait. We’ll continue to increase that percentage by 1% every year until 10% of all revenue goes to supporting causes that we hold close. 

We believe in conscious capitalism. The days of creating value for the only shareholder at the expense of our environment and human rights are over. In the next few weeks, we'll also share more about our journey to carbon neutrality

Shop our peace & freedom themed posters below or explore the collection here.

We Vote for Peace | Russia | 1987£450.00
Progress for Peace and Happiness of the People | Russia | 1985£500.00
For Peace | Russia | 1986£150.00
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Celebrating 60 Years of Humans in Space with a New Tour

60 years ago today, humans left Earth for the first time. On 12th April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, achieved Godlike status when he orbited the earth for 1 hour and 48 minutes onboard the Vostok 1. From outer space, borders vanish; and the conflicts that divide nations fade away. Space is our future.

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Announcing Sustainable, Ethical, Design-led Tours to the Former USSR

Posters tell the stories of the USSR. But not the whole story. The rest needs to be experienced. I’ve had several customers ask for advice on travelling to the former Soviet republics. In my own experience, I’ve found that travelling to many of these countries is often difficult. I wanted to change that.

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How We're Building a Purpose Led Business

In 2019, we made the decision to donate 1% of all Comrade Kiev’s revenue to causes that align to our values. Every year, we’re increasing that percentage by 1% until 10% of revenue goes towards supporting impactful causes As a small business, every dollar counts, but our moral obligation cannot wait.

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We’ve Integrated with Klarna to Make Art More Accessible

Soviet posters were often printed by their thousands. But most were thrown away when the movie or movement was over. The rest usually ended off in attics or basements where water, termites and time slowly destroyed them. The posters that survive today, in good condition, are increasingly rare.

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